It’s the happiest time of the year, but it can also be very hectic! This is especially true when you have guests coming in from out of town and staying in your home. If you’ve been using your guest room for impromptu storage, you might be in a frenzy thinking about how to get this space ready. But not to worry, I’ve got you covered with some pro tips to get your guest room feeling like a bed and breakfast in time for your holiday visitors!

Make room for their items

Part of providing your guests with a comfortable stay is giving them a space to call their own. This means removing old clothes and other items that have made a temporary home in your spare bedroom. Try to focus on de-cluttering areas like the closet, drawers, and nightstand top. This way your guests can fully take advantage of their space and feel at home by hanging up their clothes and setting out their belongings.    

Additionally, clear items from the floor so that your guests have space for their suitcases. A suitcase rack would be a wonderful addition to the space so guests don’t have to bend down to take items out of their suitcase or put them back in. You may want to clear space in the closet and add hangers for garments that need to be hung.    

Any extra storage space will be greatly appreciated by your guests.

Find homes for items that don’t belong

Guest rooms are an easy option for extra storage, especially when they go unoccupied for several months or years at a time. But when guests are coming into town, all of that storage needs to find another home. Relocate items to other rooms or use some plastic bins for organized storage. It’s important to note that sometimes other rooms will need to take on more clutter in order to free up space in another area. Don’t worry if you can’t find permanent homes for all your items, this can be stressful and time consuming and after all you just need to clear out the space for a short period of time. However, If you do end up having the time to sort through your guest room storage, I’d definitely encourage you to take this opportunity to purge or donate unwanted items!    

If you have forgotten items stored in your guest room, now is a great time to sort and purge!

Freshen up

Odds are if you’re reading this, your guest room hasn’t been occupied in quite some time. Unused areas in the home can quickly become coated in a layer of dust, making fabrics smell stuffy, and polished surfaces look dull. So, before your guests arrive, take a moment to give everything some form of freshening up. Make sure the bed has freshly cleaned sheets, the floors have been swept or vacuumed, and surfaces are given a quick dusting. You can also light a scented candle to give your guest room a final touch.  And, bonus, don’t forget to add a slip of paper with your Wifi password. This way the room looks inviting and ready for visitors!    

A clean space makes for a welcoming space and an enjoyable stay!

Stock up on amenities

If you want your guest room to have that bed and breakfast feel, stock up on amenities for friends and family to use while they’re away from home. Fill a decorative bin in the bathroom with extra toiletries such as: toilet paper, Kleenex, towels, shampoo, and shower gel.  In the bedroom itself, give your guests a few spare blankets and pillows for those unpredictably cold winter nights. If you want to go the extra mile, consider adding fuzzy slippers and a soft robe to the room! Additionally, you can include another bin for commonly misplaced supplies like phone chargers, keys, and wallets so they’re less likely to leave items behind. Providing extra comforts is a gesture that won’t go unnoticed, and your guests will definitely appreciate having some amenities of home.

Providing toiletries for your guests is a small gesture that goes a long way.

By following these suggestions, your guest room will look and feel inviting and you’ll feel at peace knowing your guests are comfortable.  When you’re feeling at peace, you’ll be better able to focus on the joy of the holidays and enjoy interacting with your guests. If you need a helping hand, reach out to me!  I have a five day email crash course with more helpful holiday organizing tips that you can check out HERE. Or, if you want to go to the next level, I understand busy moms and busy homes and can customize a strategy to get your guest bedroom guest ready in no time.  Click HERE for more information.  

Happy Holidays from Abrams Home Solutions!

Co-written by Michaela Gunby

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